Fire officials: Young boy rescued from burning Vancouver home, one person injured

Vancouver Fire Department says a 911 dispatcher told someone to break a window to rescue a boy from a burning home on March 6, 2019. Photo courtesy Vancouver Fire Department

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Vancouver Fire Department says someone broke a window to rescue a young boy from a burning home Wednesday morning.

Officials say the residential fire was in the Five Corners area of Vancouver, in the 9000 block of Northeast 91st Street, at around 4:30 a.m.

Fire officials say a 14-year-old girl called 911 to report the fire. The caller said people were evacuating, but there was still a child in a bedroom asleep. Before crews arrived at the scene, a 911 dispatcher directed the homeowners to break the window and get the 10-year-old boy out of the room.

“From the volume of the fire that we had showing when we first arrived, I don’t know where the bedroom was exactly. I haven’t had a chance to find out yet, but it sounds like that child would have been in danger of being suffocated or burned, had they not been able to get the child out," said Vancouver Fire Department Cpt. David James

All of the occupants made it out of the house. A woman was taken to the hospital for evaluation for smoke inhalation. James expects the woman will survive.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire officials say neighbors also called 911 to report the fire. One neighbor, Pati Busch, says her dog's barking woke her up and alerted her of the fire. She said her husband called 911 and she contacted the neighbors next to the burning home to make sure they evacuated safely.


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